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Getting There

Tacoma is on I-5 south of Seattle at the junction of Wash. 16, which is the main route north through the Kitsap Peninsula to Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula. Wash. 7 from the Mount Rainier area leads into downtown Tacoma from the south. Tacoma's city center is accessed by I-705, a short spur that leads from I-5 into the middle of downtown.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 22 miles north of Tacoma. ShuttleExpress (tel. 800/487-7433 or 425/981-7000; www.shuttleexpress.com) operates an airport shuttle service; the fare is $31 one-way to downtown Tacoma.

Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com) has service to Tacoma. The station is at 1001 Puyallup Ave.

Visitor Information

For more information on this area, contact the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau, 1119 Pacific Ave., Fifth Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402 (tel. 800/272-2662 or 253/627-2836; www.traveltacoma.com), which has an information desk inside the Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown, 1515 Commerce St (the entrance is actually at Pacific Avenue and 15th Street).

Getting Around

If you need a taxi, contact Tacoma Orange Cab (tel. 253/943-5555). Public bus service is provided by Pierce Transit (tel. 800/562-8109 or 253/581-8000; www.piercetransit.org).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.